Archive for July, 2010

Moran Brothers’ Following in the Cleats of Their Surhoff Uncles

July 30, 2010

Baseball’s All-Star Game is much more than a simple exhibition contest featuring the standouts of the year. It’s an event where, on one night in July, some longtime dreams are realized and others are first conceived.

The Orioles’ B.J. Surhoff, a 1982 graduate of Rye High School, was living his down on the field at Fenway Park in the 1999 summer classic. Surhoff earned his way there on the merit of a sizzling first half, hitting .332 with 20 home runs and 72 RBIs. It was the first and only All-Star nod in 19 seasons for the former No. 1 overall draft pick, but the appearance also served as inspiration for two young boys in the Boston stands that night.

The pair, brothers Brian and Colin Moran, 11 and 7 years old at the time, are much more than fans of the national pastime. The Rye residents are Surhoff’s nephews, and have long been following in the footsteps of their uncle and his brother, former MLB pro Rich Surhoff.

Brian Moran


The New Boys and Girls of Summer

July 29, 2010

It has been many years now since skateboarding and its enthusiasts weaved their way into the fabric of American culture, but here in our city – thanks in part to the 3-year-old Rye Recreation Skate Park – there has been an unprecedented boom in the popularity of the alternative sport.

“The use of the Skate Park has just exploded exponentially,” said 21-year-old Spencer Padgett, an RHS graduate and one of the catalysts for the construction on the Rye Rec site. “When it was first built it seemed that only my friends and I used it, and some were skeptical about the money spent on it, but that has obviously changed.”

Chris Sganga


Field of 280 Set to Swim Across the Sound

July 29, 2010

Eager swimmers and cheering crowds will gather Saturday, August 7 for the 23rd Annual St. Vincent’s SWIM Across the Sound Marathon fundraiser. Accompanied by a fleet of 110 boats, they’ll dive in at Danford’s Marina in Port Jefferson at 8:30 a.m. for the 15.5 mile journey across the Sound to Captain’s Cove Seaport in Bridgeport, Connecticut.

This year 10 solo swimmers, 45 relay teams of four to six swimmers and two two-person will take to the water, including five teams entered in the new University Challenge category. The fastest swimmers are expected to start to cross the finish line at approximately 2:30 p.m., depending on the weather.

The Marathon started in 1987 when Jeffrey Keith, who had lost part of his leg to cancer, swam across the Sound with friend Matthew Vossler and raised $5,000 for St. Vincent’s Medical Center Foundation. Since then the Marathon has grown into a year-long series of events, which has raised millions, $2.65 million in 2009 alone.

Dupont Invitational a Smash Hit for Apawamis Club

July 29, 2010

Squash pro Peter Briggs hosted the Alana Dupont Invitational July 24 as over 60 friends, family and club members descended upon Apawamis for the seventh annual tennis tournament. The competition raged on throughout the day, culminating in a ceremonial – and much-needed – plunge in the pool with temperatures approaching 100 degrees.

Gryphons Build For Future at Summer Camp

July 29, 2010

Holy Child has put some of the area’s best basketball teams on the hardwood in recent seasons, with a victory rate close to 75 percent over the past four years. Their 73-26 record during that span has nothing to do with luck, however, and everything to do with offseason preparation and the construction of a foundation for the program.

Gryphons’ head coach Mike Duignan recently wrapped up his annual basketball summer camp, where he worked alongside his daughter, Holy Child senior Julie Duignan. Together, they taught Holy Child’s stars of tomorrow – players like Charlette Brosnan, Christianna Guttridge and Bernadette Grant – the fundamentals of the game.

“The point is to learn life lessons that intertwine with the importance of dedication, teamwork, perseverance, hard work and fun,” said Duignan. “And all this happens while the girls improve their basketball skills.”

AYC Leaves Its Mark at Larchmont Junior Race Week

July 29, 2010

The Sound was no match for American Yacht Club’s seaworthy sailors July 12, 13 and 14 at Larchmont Junior Race Week, as a host of Rye competitors took to the water and dominated the competition. Taegan Blackwell and Aisling Quirke placed first in the Pixel Course, while Theo Bresolin and Dan Philip finished third. Emily Quirke and Haley Shea were right behind in fourth, and Raul and Haley Rodriguez rounded out the top five.

Carolina Sculti Dives In at Junior Nationals

July 29, 2010

Rye’s Carolina Sculti punched her ticket to the USA Diving Junior National Championships with a pair of first-place finishes off the board earlier this month. The 11-year-old won both the 1- and 3-meter events in the girls’ 11-and-under age group at the USA Diving Zone Championships in Pittsburgh.

To move on to Nationals, currently underway in Tuscon, Ariz., Sculti needed to place among the top six divers who had not already qualified. She advanced by securing high scores – a 230.9 on the 1-meter and a 263.3 on the 3-meter – in each event.

Garnet Greats Get Together for Lacrosse Alumni Game

July 29, 2010

Despite a field temperature close to 100 degrees – so hot the heat shimmered in waves off the Nugent Stadium turf – the Rye Lacrosse Alumni Game went off without a hitch on a Sunday in late June. Nearly 30 former Garnets came out for the first such contest in three decades, with teams separated by year of graduation. Alumni from odd years donned red uniforms, while evens wore black.

John Wood, Tom Buttrick and Stephen Collins were teammates in the 70s and 1977 RHS graduates.

Most of the participants graduated within the last 10 years, but the game did feature three graybeards from the class of 1977, including Detective John Wood, and one apiece from ’80, ’81 and ’84.

It’s a battle of the 1980s as Andy Ball defends Phil DeCaro.

In the end the Red team eked out a 9-8 overtime victory against their Black counterparts, but the nail-biting finish did not prevent the foes-for-a-day from getting together for a terrific postgame tailgate. The event, which the Rye Lacrosse Association hopes to turn into an annual affair, was organized by George McReddie.

Pub Ryots End Ten-Year Losing Streak With 4-3 Victory

July 29, 2010

Entering the 2010 season, you’d have to go all the way back to the record books from the turn of the millennium to find a box score that showed the Pub Ryots as winners of a Rye Recreation Women’s Softball game. Well, spin that Backstreet Boys’ CD again and revive those Y2K Bug fears, because the Pub Ryots ended their ten-year losing streak.

The 2010 Pub Ryots

The Ryots, sponsored by Jim Finneran of The Pub on Elm Place, ended their skid May 20 in a 4-3 win over Davy Byrne’s Rum Runners. First basemen Maureen Brophy said that, like the Backstreet Boys, the hits just kept coming, and that scoring a few runs in the first frame was key. Also, the defense went after the lead runner on a couple of grounders instead of simply throwing to first, resulting in big double plays.


Wildcats’ NYSAIS Dominance Continues With Fifth Straight Championship

July 29, 2010

It’s often said that those climbing a mountain are far hungrier than the ones who’ve already reached the peak. That line of thinking is apparently not taught at Rye Country Day.

On the heels of their Fairchester Athletic Association tournament victory, the boys’ golf team continued to feed their ravenous appetite for championships by winning a fifth consecutive NYSAIS State title in late May at Putnam National Golf Club in Mahopac. The Wildcats finished first with an aggregate score of 389, which was 21 strokes better than second-place Hackley.

The 2010 NYSAIS Champions

“It’s a great feeling without doubt,” said Harrison Baker, who shot a 79 over 18 holes. “The NYSAIS win was the icing on the cake of a fantastic year.”